IBM has issued its X-Force 2008 Trend and Risk Report, a summary of the computer security landscape for the previous year, and, once again, Mac OS X takes the top spots for the most vulnerabilities reported. “X-Force tracks vulnerabilities by platform and has produced metrics this year to show the operating systems with the most disclosed vulnerabilities.” The results are as follows:
The report goes on to say, “Several operating systems have remained in the top five list over the past three years,” and the top five list begins with Mac OS X and Mac OS X Server. As we reported in our Year in Mac Security 2008, Apple issued 35 security updates in 2008 for Mac OS X and related software (iLife, QuickTime, etc.). The IBM report confirms the increasing number of security threats in Mac OS X, and highlights how this has been the case for the past three years.
This report contains a wealth of other information about computer security, discussing malware, spam, phishing, browser issues and more. It’s an interesting read for those who want to know what’s hot and what’s not in computer security, and to keep up with the trends of different security issues.